I am now a victim (in my eyes) of the AT&T/ Cingular merger. My AT&T phone is slowly taking a dump so I went to the local AT&T store only to find it has turned into a Cingular store. I decided to look around even though I left Cingular a few years ago right when they converted from Pac Bell wireless. I figured Id give them a chance. I looked around and found a phone I like. That is untill I saw the rates. Cingular's rate plans are shit compared to what I was/am getting from AT&T; the salesgirl also told me that they charge a $18 "upgrade fee"! I asked what that was only to hear it was an unwaiveable fee for buying and upgrading to a new phone. And she said there was no activation fee. WTF!! Im giving you money for a phone plus paying monthly bills for minutes plus paying any sales taxes along the way, but you still want to tax me just for buying a new phone?! Ive never heard of this. Im currently trying to bitch my way to the top of the food chain to get out of my contract cause I didnt sign up for Cingular; I signed up for AT&T and have renewed and upgraded with them for about 5 years now. Rant over Hows Sprint and/or the other companies? Edit: I should add that my ceel is my primary phone and I pay about $50 a month for high minutes.